Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 14 Apr 2013
Total posts 295
Hi All, I am currently a QF P1 & CL Member as well as VA Plat & Club Member. I have a couple of international Star Alliance flights coming up, mainly with UA & SQ. I am fine with crediting my SQ flights to Velocity however, with the recent devaluation between SQ & VA I would like to have a separate & dedicated Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Account. Which one is the best to open & request a status match to? I have been considering UA Mileage Plus however I am open to suggestions.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
Usually *A status matches require travelling on the airline's own metal to complete the challenge. If you can wait until completing the UA status challenge until after 1 July (you will have three months to do ~18k miles for Premier Platinum) you will get *A Gold for 19 months until Jan 2021. Also, I was upgraded 4/6 sectors while I doing the challenge so may be beneficial if you have some economy legs on your upcoming trips. You will also get access to Economy Plus on international flights. Premier Platinum can also be matched to Marriot Gold.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,113
The thing to note with Asiana is that miles aren't always earned at the same rate as other programs, so although the number sounds lower, it's not necessarily a great deal easier to earn/retain (although the two-year window helps with that).
True you have to be very careful with economy bookings, however business is generally a flat 125%. You can take a look on their website for their earn rates with each *A carrier then make a decision if its worth it for your travel patterns.
It's worth looking into those details for business class too, as some frequent flyer programs have earn rates of up to 200% on business class fares (for both award miles and status miles), so although the number of status miles needed for Star Alliance Gold may be 'higher' in the programs with those types of earning rates, the number of flights it can take to reach that target can be less than using a program that provides 125% on the same fares, even with a lower target figure, if that makes sense.To compare things evenly, the way I assess which program to use if I'm aiming for status is "well, that flight gets me x% of the way to Star Alliance Gold in this program, and y% of the way to Star Alliance Gold in that program" (simply divide how many award miles are earned by the number required for the status you're seeking: so if a flight provides 5,000 award miles and Star Alliance Gold requires 50,000 award miles in a particular program, 5k/50k = 0.1, or 10% of the way there).
Thanks Chris that's a good way to think about it.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
Wouldn’t claim to be an expert on all *A schemes as for me SQ is the only one that makes practical sense. The only thing I’d add is to what extent you may value things such as the PPS Club. Depends entirely on which routes you may fly, etc. but it offers some advantages if you are a frequent flyer at the pointy end and use SQ regularly.
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